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John P. Holdren
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

John P. Holdren is advisor to President Barack Obama for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). He was formerly the Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy and Director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, as well as Director of the Woods Hole Research Center (a small, nonprofit institute focusing on the interaction of global climate change with other human influences on Earth's land, water, and vegetation).

He was also a professor in Harvard's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Guest Professor in the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University ("the MIT of China"), and Co-Chair of the bipartisan National Commission on Energy Policy. Trained in aerospace engineering and plasma physics at MIT and Stanford, he co-founded in 1973 and co-led until 1996 the interdisciplinary graduate program in energy and resources at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1994 until 2001 he served as a member of President Clinton's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology.

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a Fellow and former President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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